Following the recent Riyadh's mass execution of 47 people including 43 convicted al Qaeda militants  on Saturday that  included four Shi'ite Muslims, among them prominent cleric Nimr al-Nimr, the Islamic State has threatened to destroy Saudi Arabian prisons holding other jihadists.

According to an article posted online on Tuesday, "The Islamic State always seeks to free prisoners, but we calculate that the ending of the issues of prisoners will not happen except with the eradication of the rule of tyrants, and then destroying their prisons and razing them to the ground."

Islamic State has previously claimed responsibility for a series of bombings and shootings in Saudi Arabia since Nov. 2014 that have killed more than 50 people, most of them Shi'ites but also more than 15 members of the security forces.

Saudi security officials say the group's supporters inside Saudi Arabia mainly act independently, depending on Islamic State for only limited logistical help and advice, making them harder to detect, but also less capable of attacks on well protected targets.

 

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